Sinfonia Gulf Coast celebrates America

Special to The Log
Jamie Bernstein hosts “The Bernstein Beat” Jan. 24.

Sinfonia Gulf Coast will present “The Bernstein Beat” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach. The performance features Sinfonia’s full orchestra performing several of Bernstein’s works, including the beloved “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.”

Sinfonia concertmaster Mari Thomas will perform the regional premier of American composer Michael Daugherty’s violin concerto entitled “Fire & Blood.” The piece is a musical depiction of the life size murals by artist Diego Rivera, who was commissioned by Edsel Ford to depict and represent the Detroit auto industry. The concerto was commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and premiered in 2003 with Ida Kavafian as soloist.

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of iconic composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, will host the evening. Ms. Bernstein will share her insights on growing up surrounded by music and incredible personalities in addition to providing the highlights from that morning’s performances of “The Bernstein Beat” for more than 2,200 Okaloosa and Walton third through eighth graders, made possible by funding from The St. Joe Community Foundation and Destin Commons and are provided free of charge to participating schools.

Tickets range from $29.50 to $42.50 and can be purchased at www.SinfoniaGulfCoast.org or call 850- 269-7129.